Pedestrians who are caught crossing the street while looking at their phones could soon be given on-the-spot $200 fines

Pedestrians who look at their phones while crossing the road could be fined $200 if a proposal by the Pedestrian Council of Australia gets the green light

Pedestrians who look at their phones while crossing the road could be fined $200 if a proposal by the Pedestrian Council of Australia gets the green light

Pedestrians who look at their phones while crossing the road could be fined $200 if a proposal gets the green light.

The Pedestrian Council of Australia is calling for the hefty fines to be implemented.

The PDA’s Harold Scruby told 9 News the fine would stop pedestrians from putting themselves at risk.

There are already laws in place surrounding crossing within 20 metres of a pedestrian crossing, failing to obey traffic lights and failing to give way - all of which come with an $81 fine

There are already laws in place surrounding crossing within 20 metres of a pedestrian crossing, failing to obey traffic lights and failing to give way – all of which come with an $81 fine

‘We would like to see a penalty of $200 nationally, and it would be titled “cross road while distracted”,’ Mr Scruby said.

But the proposal is already dividing Australians, with some saying the fines make sense while others argue it’s a step too far.

‘I think that’s ridiculous. If there’s a pedestrian crossing you should be allowed to cross,’ one man said.

‘Drivers and pedestrians have equal responsibility to be safe, so if they’re distracted they should probably be fined equally,’ one woman said.

Road safety experts say looking down at your phone while walking is a form of inattentive blindness.

There are already laws in place surrounding crossing within 20 metres of a pedestrian crossing, failing to obey traffic lights and failing to give way – all of which come with an $81 fine each.

However, police say they’re not currently considering further penalties for pedestrians caught using their phones.

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